• 4 December 2007
  • Posted By Sara Shokravi
  • Events in DC

Events in D.C. for the Month of December

As part of our efforts to keep you informed about what is going on in the nation’s Capitol, I will regularly share with you a listing of upcoming events relating to issues that matter to our community. Even if you are not in DC and can not attend it is always good to stay in touch with the various policy panels, conferences, and speeches that affect the Iranian-American community.

Below is a list of events for the month of December that pertain to Iran issues. Most of these events will be covered by NIAC staff members and who will publish reports on our website and in our weekly e-bulletin (to sign up follow the link and look on the top left panel on the website).

Note that due to staff constraints and lack of relevance, some events do not receive covereage. If you are aware of other relevant events in DC not mentioned in our list, please let me know in the comment section below.

Follow this link to see the events for December.


Organization: Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

Title: The US and Iran at the End of the Bush Presidency

Speakers: Danielle Pletka

Date: 3-Dec-07

Time: 7 – 8:30 pm

RSVP: events@ypfp.org

Organization: Arms Control Association

Title: Iran’s Nuclear Program and Diplomatic Options to Contain it

Speakers: David Albright, Dans-Peter Hinrichsen, Joseph Cirincione, Daryl Kimball

Date: 4-Dec-07

Time: 9:30 – 11 am

Locations: 1111 19th St, NW, 12th fl

RSVP: peter@armscontrol.org


Organization: Woodrow Wilson Center

Title: United States Versus Iran: Another Cold War

Speakers: Ray Takeyh

Date: 4-Dec-07

Time: 12 – 1 pm

Locations: 1300 Pennsylvania Ave.

Organization: Stand Up Congress

Title: War with Iran: Preventable or Inevitable?

Speakers: Lawrence Wilkerson, Robert McNamara, Tom Andrews

Date: 4-Dec-07

Time: 7 – 8:30 pm

Location: Jack Morton Auditorium (GWU) 21st and H

RSVP: www.standupcongress.org

Organization: New America Foundation

Title: U.S. Iran Policy After the NIE

Speakers: Steve Clemons, Flynt Leverett, Jeffrey Lewis

Date: 5-Dec-07

Time: 12:30 – 2:00 pm

Location: 1630 Connecticut Avenue, 7th Floor

RSVP: communications@NewAmerica.net

Organization: Iranian American Bar Association

Title: 2008 Congressional Legislative Update

Speakers: Trita Parsi, Mercedes Salem

Date: 6-Dec-07

Time: 6 – 8:30 pm

Location: 575 7th St, NW

RSVP: aahanchian@kpmg.com


Organization: Middle East Institute

Title: Postscript on Annapolis: An Israeli Perspective

Speakers: Ephraim Sneh

Date: 6-Dec-07

Time: 9:15 -10:30 am

Location: 1761 N. St., NW, Boardman Room

RSVP: rsvp@mideasti.org


Organization: Office of Rep. Ellison

Title: Iran: Confrontation or Negotiation?

Speakers: Akbar Ahmed, Ray Takeyh, Reza Aslan

Date: 6-Dec-07

Time: 11 – 12:30 pm

Location: 1302 Longworth HOB

Organization: Center for National Policy

Title: Iran: in the Crosshairs?

Speakers: Michael Jacobson, Gary Sick

Date: 6-Dec-07

Time: 12 – 1:30 pm

Location: One Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 333

RSVP: www.cnponline.org

Organization: American Enterprise Institute

Title: War and Decision

Speakers: Christopher DeMuth, Douglas J. Feith

Date: 10-Dec-07

Time: 5:30 – 7:00pm

Location: 1150 Seventeenth Street, 12th Floor

RSVP: RSVP on line

Organization: ISIS

Title: The Iranian World at the Library of Congress

Speakers: Hirad Dinavari, Christopher Murphy

Date: 15-Dec-07

Time: 10:30 – 1:00pm

Location: Library of Congress, Rm L J220

RSVP: Only for lunch: wfriendsofisis@hotmail.com


Posted By Sara Shokravi

    One Response to “Events in D.C. for the Month of December”

  1. Sara Shokravi says:

    One more event for this week!

    Iraq’s Displacement Crisis and the International Response
    The Iraq War has caused the largest population displacement in the Middle East since 1948. However, the dire situation has elicited neither a major international humanitarian response nor a policy debate over U.S. responsibility for the crisis. Sectarian fighting, political and criminal violence, lack of basic services, loss of livelihoods, spiraling inflation, and uncertainty about the future have pushed some 4 million Iraqis from their homes. Neighboring states, burdened by the influx of refugees and concerned for their own security, have imposed visa restrictions and effectively cut off entry. The Iraqis that have fled to neighboring countries face tremendous uncertainties, including the threat of deportation. Regional governments, coalition forces, and international organizations are grappling with the crisis while protecting against security vulnerabilities. The recent flow of Iraqis returning home may be a promising sign, but until security in Iraq improves and people can safely go back, critical attention must be paid to the remaining options: improved conditions inside Iraq, temporary placement in a host country, or resettlement in a third country.

    The Center for American Progress and the Heinrich Boell Foundation invite you to join us for a conference addressing Iraq’s displacement crisis, the international responses, and the prospects for improving the situation. The panelists will offer their insights on the current challenge and examine the moral and security implications of the crisis, share strategies, and identify programming and policy options.

    Program of Events:

    8:30 a.m. A light breakfast will be served

    9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Helga Flores Trejo, Director, Heinrich Boell Foundation, North America
    John Podesta, President, Center for American Progress

    Keynote remarks Earl Blumenauer, Congressman, U.S House of Representative (D-OR)

    Panel One: The Current Crisis and Responses Thus Far
    Reinhold Brender, Counselor, Political Section, European Commission Delegation to the United States
    Bill Frelick, Refugee Policy Director, Human Rights Watch
    Said Hakki, President, Iraqi Red Crescent Society
    Victor Tanner, Adjunct faculty member, Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University and consultant for the International Rescue Committee
    Moderated by:
    Anita Sharma, Center for American Progress

    11:30 a.m. A light lunch will be served

    11:45 – 12:45 p.m.

    Larry Korb, Center for American Progress

    Luncheon Address
    An Iraqi Account of the Situation and the International Response to the Crisis

    Ahmed Ali, former translator and interpreter for numerous media outlets, the U.S. and Iraqi governments, recently resettled in the United States
    Michel Gabaudan, Washington Director, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

    1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

    Panel Two: The Next Challenges of Iraq’s Displacement Crisis
    Elizabeth Ferris, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies, and co-director of the Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement
    John Merrill, Director for Refugees, IDPs, and Parole Programs, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Middle East – Iraq Office
    Kristele Younes, Advocate, Refugees International
    Moderated by:
    Mara Rudman, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

    Thursday, December 06, 2007
    Program: 9:00am to 2:30pm
    Admission is free.

    Center for American Progress
    1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
    Washington, DC 20005
    Map & Directions

    Nearest Metro: Blue/Orange Line to McPherson Square or Red Line to Metro Center

    For more information, please call 202-682-1611.

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Tell Google: Stop playing Persian Gulf name games!

May 14, 2012
Larry Page
Chief Executive Officer
Google Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, California 94043

Dear Mr. Page:

It has come to our attention that Google has begun omitting the title of the Persian Gulf from its Google Maps application. This is a disconcerting development given the undisputed historic and geographic precedent of the name Persian Gulf, and the more recent history of opening up the name to political, ethnic, and territorial disputes. However unintentionally, in adopting this practice, Google is participating in a dangerous effort to foment tensions and ethnic divisions in the Middle East by politicizing the region’s geographic nomenclature. Members of the Iranian-American community are overwhelmingly opposed to such efforts, particularly at a time when regional tensions already have been pushed to the brink and threaten to spill over into conflict. As the largest grassroots organization in the Iranian-American community, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) calls on Google to not allow its products to become propaganda tools and to immediately reinstate the historically accurate, apolitical title of “Persian Gulf” in all of its informational products, including Google Maps.

Historically, the name “Persian Gulf” is undisputed. The Greek geographer and astronomer Ptolemy referencing in his writings the “Aquarius Persico.” The Romans referred to the "Mare Persicum." The Arabs historically call the body of water, "Bahr al-Farsia." The legal precedent of this nomenclature is also indisputable, with both the United Nations and the United States Board of Geographic Names confirming the sole legitimacy of the term “Persian Gulf.” Agreement on this matter has also been codified by the signatures of all six bordering Arab countries on United Nations directives declaring this body of water to be the Persian Gulf.

But in the past century, and particularly at times of escalating tensions, there have been efforts to exploit the name of the Persian Gulf as a political tool to foment ethnic division. From colonial interests to Arab interests to Iranian interests, the opening of debate regarding the name of the Persian Gulf has been a recent phenomenon that has been exploited for political gain by all sides. Google should not enable these politicized efforts.

In the 1930s, British adviser to Bahrain Sir Charles Belgrave proposed to rename the Persian Gulf, “Arabian Gulf,” a proposal that was rejected by the British Colonial and Foreign offices. Two decades later, the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company resurrected the term during its dispute with Mohammad Mossadegh, the Iranian Prime Minister whose battle with British oil interests would end in a U.S.-sponsored coup d'état that continues to haunt U.S.-Iran relations. In the 1960s, the title “Arabian Gulf” became central to propaganda efforts during the Pan-Arabism era aimed at exploiting ethnic divisions in the region to unite Arabs against non-Arabs, namely Iranians and Israelis. The term was later employed by Saddam Hussein to justify his aims at territorial expansion. Osama Bin Laden even adopted the phrase in an attempt to rally Arab populations by emphasizing ethnic rivalries in the Middle East.

We have serious concerns that Google is now playing into these efforts of geographic politicization. Unfortunately, this is not the first time Google has stirred controversy on this topic. In 2008, Google Earth began including the term “Arabian Gulf” in addition to Persian Gulf as the name for the body of water. NIAC and others called on you then to stop using this ethnically divisive propaganda term, but to no avail. Instead of following the example of organizations like the National Geographic Society, which in 2004 used term “Arabian Gulf” in its maps but recognized the error and corrected it, Google has apparently decided to allow its informational products to become politicized.

Google should rectify this situation and immediately include the proper name for the Persian Gulf in Google Maps and all of its informational products. The exclusion of the title of the Persian Gulf diminishes your applications as informational tools, and raises questions about the integrity and accuracy of information provided by Google.

We strongly urge you to stay true to Google’s mission – “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful” – without distorting or politicizing that information. We look forward to an explanation from you regarding the recent removal of the Persian Gulf name from Google Maps and call on you to immediately correct this mistake.



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